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Ma's Sun Face Moon Face Buddha (BCR3)

KOAN:

Ancestor Ma was sick. The superintendent of the monastery asked him, “How have you been feeling these days?” 
The Ancestor said, “Sun Face Buddha, Moon Face Buddha.”

—Blue Cliff Record Case 3 (translation by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland)

Text October 30, 2023

You Can’t Cage a Koan – Make It a Raft!

John Tarrant, PZI Teachers

In the Blue Dragon’s cave, everything is there. If you think you haven’t seen a dragon, you may be wrong. In fact, who says you’re not a dragon? And if you think you don’t know about koans, you may be wrong, too. Who says you’re not a koan? Transcript of a dharma talk in Summer Sesshin 2020.

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Text September 1, 2020

How Many Times Have I Gone There for You?

John Tarrant

Just at this moment, the whole universe is holding us up. It’s nice for it to have a good job like that. That’s the thing that Master Ma said, the great master Mazu, “At a certain stage you have to make yourself a raft and a ferry for others if you want to go forward from the place you cannot go forward from.” This letting yourself feel—feel the moment and how it spreads out. There is no other moment. There is this, this, this, the Blue Dragon moment. It goes out through the galaxies.

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